Emergency Medicine Consultant - New Zealand

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    New Zealand

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    almost 2 years ago

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This is an excellent opportunity for an Emergency Medicine Physician (specialist – consultant) to join a busy hospital in Auckland, the commercial capital of New Zealand, and its largest city, which offers a stable position in a modern hospital with a world class lifestyle and advanced career development opportunities.

Main Facts:

  • Full time, permanent role in public sector hospitals
  • Major city in the north island of New Zealand with excellent educational, cultural and leisure opportunities
  • Excellent CME programme, research opportunities
  • Full support from junior medical staff and other senior medical staff
  • Interesting variety of clinical work

The Position

You will join an established Department of Emergency Medicine which is split between two hospitals in the city serving a population of 600,000 with over 100,000 emergency department attendances per year. You will work side by side with a dedicated team of very experienced emergency physicians responsible for innovation and incremental improvement of the emergency department patient care.

The work you do will be varied because the two EDs personalities are distinctly different and each serves very different population groups. At the major hospital you will be serving a population with good access to primary care as evidence by an admission rate of over 40%. A third of the presentations are over 65 so your challenges will include dealing with acutely unwell older adults where your immediate interventions will have a profound effect on patient outcomes. There are 4 resuscitation rooms with high levels of utilisation, and a large ED Short Stay to minimise unnecessary admissions.

At the second hospital you will be working in one of the fastest growing EDs in the country and you will need to lead and provide resuscitative care and arrange transport for all deteriorating patients without the direct involvement of speciality services like ICU because these are based at the larger hospital. You will typically be on shift with one other specialist, and around 40% of your clinical work will include being in charge of resuscitation. Night shifts are staffed by Senior Doctors who take over support of the department from the afternoon shift Specialists.

The Emergency Department is accredited for 12 months ACEM advanced training and paediatric log book requirements and you will be involved in the training and supervision of the registrars and house officers working in the department.


 Key Duties:

  • Assessment and management of patients presenting to the emergency department
  • Resuscitation and stabilisation of acutely ill patients
  • Patients presenting for assessment or admission are seen within agreed timeframes/criteria according to site-specific policies
  • Clinical investigations are ordered, and results assessed
  • Provide feedback and advice as appropriate to GPs on the care of patients referred
  • Patient management care ordered or requested is appropriate to needs of patient and in accordance with current protocols
  • Ensures that the patient and their authorised representative are kept informed of the patient’s    current condition, the treatment being received, the overall plan and the expected outcome of their illness
  • Ensure all documentation and processes are clear and meet the policies of the health board.
  • Meet current standards of professional practice recommended by the Australian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM)
  • Enroll in, and meet the professional development criteria of ACEM
  • maintain personal competency in all areas of work undertaken to meet the requirements of accreditation and statutory bodies such as IANZ, QHNZ and NZMC
  • Contribute to service quality assurance by participating in clinical audits, case reviews and incident review processes
  • Provide teaching to other staff in the course of clinical work and at formal teaching sessions.
  • Include the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi within all aspects of the role and its outcomes
  • Observe and promote safe work practices, rules and instructions relating to work, and be pro-active in hazard management


Educational and Licence Requirements

  • Possess a Medical Degree registrable with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Have the Fellowship of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine or a similar higher training qualification eligible for vocations registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • IELTS Academic module if non native English speaker


The Hospitals

The role is split between 2 hospitals covering the largest and fastest growing catchment area of Auckland. The district health board considers that it has a sacred obligation to care for all within its boundaries and world class care is at the forefront of its priorities. It has embarked upon programmes of digital transformation, care redesign and health leadership. Research and innovation are core values. It employs over 7500 staff. The main sites include North Shore Hospital on the shores of Lake Pupuke in Takapuna and Waitakere Hospital in lush, green West Auckland.

North Shore Hospital provides up to 600 surgical and general medical treatment beds. It has twelve operating theatres, an emergency department, a 50-bed Assessment and Diagnostic Unit, an intensive care centre, an Elective Surgery Centre and a coronary care, as well as maternity and special care baby unit.

The Location

The successful applicants will be living in a beautiful part of New Zealand with warm summers, mild winters and lots of opportunities for outdoor activities on land and at sea, in Auckland, the largest city of New Zealand with a population of over 1 million people. The city is blessed with two harbours, stunning beaches, museums, theatres, shops and excellent educational establishments.


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